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Magnetoelectric Modules for Scavenging UAV Power from Electric Utility Lines

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-19-C-0354
Agency Tracking Number: N19A-019-0064
Amount: $140,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: N19A-T019
Solicitation Number: 19.A
Solicitation Year: 2019
Award Year: 2019
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2019-06-03
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2019-12-09
Small Business Information
158 Wheatland Drive
Pembroke, VA 24136
United States
DUNS: 008963758
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Dr. Richard Claus Dr. Richard Claus
 (540) 626-6266
Business Contact
 Melissa Campbell
Phone: (540) 626-6266
Research Institution
 Pennsylvania State University
 Dr. Shashank Priya Dr. Shashank Priya
Old Main
State College, PA 16801
United States

 (814) 863-9657
 Nonprofit College or University

NanoSonic will work with Penn State to develop, demonstrate and manufacture materials and systems to allow unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to scavenge magnetic field energy from electric power lines and operate continuously in the field. NanoSonic will work with energy harvesting researcher Dr. Shashank Priya and a major US aerospace company to design, fabricate and demonstrate a prototype system during Phase I and test it in the field during Phase II. Our prior research demonstrates the feasibility of scavenging power from the magnetic fields surrounding indoor electrical wiring. We will use lightweight magneto-mechano-electric transducer materials. These are few ply composites of magnetostrictive and piezoelectric materials that can be tiled to cover an area. Their working principle is that the AC magnetic field around power lines induces strain in the magnetostrictive material. The strain is transferred to the bonded piezoelectric material, and the strain in the piezoelectric results in an output voltage across a load impedance. The resulting generated AC voltage can be rectified and stored in a supercapacitor or a rechargeable battery and used to power sensors, communication networks and the UAV itself. Prototype demonstrator hardware will be delivered to the Navy during the Phase I program.

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